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Cerebral Palsy

Cleveland Cerebral Palsy Lawyers

Turn to The Becker Law Firm for Help

As a firm that’s earned national recognition for record-setting results, and for our work in complex cases involving medical malpractice and birth injuries, The Becker Law Firm knows what profound suffering and consequences can result from the negligence of doctors, nurses, hospitals, and others who had obligations to provide adequate care to mothers and their babies.

With decades of legal experience, extensive resources, award-winning attorneys, and licensed medical professionals on staff, we have the tools to help families seek justice and compensation for serious birth injuries like cerebral palsy that could and should have been prevented.

If you suspect medical malpractice caused your child to be born with cerebral palsy, contact our firm for a free initial consultation: (440) 252-4399.

Understanding Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is an incurable, non-progressive motor disorder which results from damage or abnormalities in areas of the brain that control movement and muscle coordination. Children born with this condition suffer physical impairment, usually profound and lifelong.

Though cerebral palsy is the most common motor disorder in children, research has shown it is often preventable. Typically, preventable cerebral palsy results from the mistakes of doctors and health care providers when treating pregnant mothers or facilitating labor and delivery.

For parents, the heartbreak and financial burden of caring for a child with cerebral palsy can be overwhelming. Most parents are concerned about what the future holds for their child and how they can afford to provide necessary support through childhood and into adulthood.

Is Cerebral Palsy a Birth Injury?

In about 70% of the children with cerebral palsy, the condition is congenital and present at birth, although it may not become evident until many months later. However, in about 20% of children with cerebral palsy, it is the result of an injury sustained during the birthing process.

The Becker Law Firm has a proven record of holding doctors and hospitals accountable when their negligence leads to birth injuries like cerebral palsy. With offices in Cleveland and Elyria, we handle cases across Ohio and are frequently called upon for co-counsel or advice from attorneys in other states.

Signs of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is one of the many birth defects that are more easily treated the earlier it is detected. Both parents and doctors must be diligent in looking for the signs of CP in a newborn so treatment can begin as soon as possible. The signs may differ at various stages of life:

  • 2-6 months: difficulty controlling head and/or stiff legs that cross or “scissor” when child is picked up;
  • 6-10 months: continued difficulty controlling head movement, can reach with only one hand while fisting the other;
  • 10-12 months: crawls by pushing off with one hand and leg while dragging the other side, cannot sit by themselves;
  • 1-2 years: has not crawled, cannot stand without support;
  • 2+ years: cannot walk, cannot push a wheeled toy.

Any abnormalities in your child’s movement or signs of delayed development in motor skills should be discussed with your doctor, as many other conditions can also cause these symptoms.

Common Causes of Cerebral Palsy

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Although the most apparent symptoms of cerebral palsy are impaired movement and motor function, those impairments begin because of an injury to the brain. There are many different types of injuries that can cause cerebral palsy, including difficult labor that causes lack of oxygen to the brain, head trauma, meningitis, and infection.

Cerebral palsy in the unborn baby may develop during pregnancy or after birth but often results from (a) oxygen deprivation or (b) traumatic head injuries during labor and delivery. Cerebral palsy is commonly caused by misdiagnosis or negligence in prenatal care, improper birthing technique, or failure of medical staff to recognize fetal distress or newborn complications such as:

Fetal heart monitors and other vital sign monitoring should alert nurses to fetal distress and they should notify the doctor immediately. The OB/GYN or delivering caregiver must make the correct decision on continuing labor toward a vaginal delivery or surgical intervention.

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    How Medical Negligence Causes Cerebral Palsy

    Some preventable cerebral palsy injuries are caused by:

    • Failure to order a timely cesarean section, causing long-term oxygen deprivation to the baby’s brain
    • Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor during birth
    • Failure to treat infection
    • Failure to treat meningitis
    • Failure to treat jaundice
    • Failure to discover a prolapsed umbilical cord

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